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What Is A Flipping Switch?

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  • Super User

First, welcome aboard!


On my two Quantum reels with flipping

switches, when you flip the with, it allows you 

to engage the reel when you press the thumb

bar, then when you release the thumb bar, 

it automatically goes back to a non-casting



So it is used when flipping and pitching.


Not sure that helps

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  • Super User

Hello and Welcome to Bass Resource


A flipping switch is a setting that allows you to hold down the thumb bar and flip, then as soon as you release the thumb bar the reel is already engaged without turning the reel handle. It can save you from losing a fish that takes the bait immediately before you have time to turn the reel handle that engages the reel. I usually leave mine in the 'off' or normal position while flipping and especially while pitching. Some people find a Flipping switch more annoying than convenient. Others always use it.

 The flipping switch is a no-brainer that few people ever use more than a couple of times although when they first came out on baitcasters, everyone had to have it.



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Oh man....I LOVE my original Castaic CA-200 with it's "insta-gage".  Not awkward for me.


The other type of flippin' switch is a bad deal if you forget it's on and try to make a normal cast with it on.  Bad.  And also a PITA to work on too.

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  • Super User

Lol, yea I remember that exact reel.. I bought the next version below it. A wide spool version with a sliding switch on top, front hood area, it was a magnetic braking reel. Been awhile since I saw the 2 speed version. Looks to be in good shape.

Welcome to the forums....

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